If you are a sailor who plans to become a Level 1 Small Boat Instructor next summer, now is a good time to take a Safe Powerboat Handling (SPH) course. This skill is not taught during the Level 1 course, yet you will be tested - so be prepared!
- One day Accelerated Safe Powerboat Handling: This eight hour hands-on course is for anyone who wants to learn how to more safely operate a powerboat or improve their on-the-water boat handling skills and already has a State Boating Safety Certificate or USCG license.
- Two day Safe Powerboat Handling: This sixteen hour, classroom and hands-on course is for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a powerboat, improve their on-the-water boat handling skills and wants to earn a State Boating Safety Certificate and/or a limited U.S. Coast Guard License.
- Other locations: Additional SPH courses are available on the US Powerboating calendar.
Club-arranged SPH courses: During this fall or next spring you may organize an SPH course at your own sailing venue and/or a group of sailing programs in an area may organize a course together. It's also helpful to include juniors age 13 and older, as well as other adults. All you need is a Powerboat Instructor. Rob Crafa, Director of Waterfront Programs at SUNY Maritime College, can help you find one if you contact him at 718 - 409 - 7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor Trainers: Our Long Island Sound area needs good Instructor Trainers to teach the US Sailing Level 1 courses here. If you know an outstanding instructor (or if you are an experienced instructor yourself), now is a good time to contact US Sailing to apply for a future Instructor Trainer course and earn money teaching next season's Level 1 Instructors. There is a BIG need for good Instructor Trainers on Long Island Sound. So think about this opportunity to use your sailing experience to help in our area. Contact Cristen Schifino at US Sailing for information.